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Fourth Circuit Strikes Down N.C. Voting Restrictions

Friday, July 29, 2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ruled that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, was enacted with “racially discriminatory intent” to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The law was enacted in August 2013 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

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Categories: Discrimination, Voting Rights

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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID from being disenfranchised in November.

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Categories: Discrimination, Voting Rights

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DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies, Criminal Justice System, Discrimination, Racial Profiling

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After Waiting Nearly 400 Days, Rossiter Confirmed to Federal Bench

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Robert Rossiter, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Rossiter, who will fill one of 30 current judicial emergencies nationwide, was nominated by President Obama more than a year ago.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Hamstrung Supreme Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked (4-4) in United States v. Texas, a case challenging the Obama administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative. Both were stopped by a federal district court in Texas, and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Categories: Immigration

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Supreme Court Upholds Diversity in College Admissions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled (4-3) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirming the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and holding that the race-conscious admissions policy in use when Fisher applied to the university is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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Vast Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools Persist, Data Show

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Tuesday released results of its survey – the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – providing a comprehensive look at how more than 95,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children.

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Categories: Education

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CFPB Releases Proposed Payday Lending Rule

Friday, June 3, 2016

At a field hearing in Kansas City on June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to rein in predatory payday and car title lending – an industry that targets communities of color.

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Categories: Housing & Lending, Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday announced a final rule to update overtime protections for American families that will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The rule – which goes into effect on December 1, 2016 – is the first comprehensive update to the nation’s overtime rules since the 1970s.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Workers' Rights

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HHS Announces New Non-Discrimination Rule

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies, Discrimination, Health Care, LGBT Rights

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